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Practicing Emotional Alchemy

A nine-day retreat led by Joel
Monday October 23 to Wednesday November 1, 2017
St. Benedict's Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, OR


"On this path we do not seek to abandon the five emotions,
only to look directly at their essence or reality,
upon which they are automatically transformed right then and there
into the five wisdoms."  
—Gendun Rinpoche

On this retreat we will practice Emotional Alchemy by liberating afflicted emotions from the Story of I and transforming them into pure wisdom energies.


Note: Practitioners must have attended at least one prior CSS retreat (or its equivalent from another tradition) in order to be eligible to attend this retreat.


Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, except that priority is given to those attending the entire retreat. To hold a reservation, complete the online registration form, then mail in your registration payment coupon with your non-refundable $50 deposit.

Final deadline: October 11, 2017 is the deadline for retreat registration and also the date by which all retreat fees must be received in full so that we have sufficient time to plan the meals, purchase the appropriate amount of food, and reserve your room.

Total cost: To attend the entire retreat, the total cost, which includes meals and lodging, is $685

Early-bird discount: If registering for the entire retreat, the total cost is discounted by $25 to $660 provided registration and full payment is received by the early-bird registration date of September 20, 2017.

Daily rate: For retreatants who can attend only a portion of the retreat, registration is accepted on a space-available basis only. The daily rate for such part-time retreatants is $80/night, which includes meals and lodging.

Refund policy: The $50 deposit is non-refundable. Refunds of retreat fees, less the deposit, will be given if requested by seven days prior to the start of the retreat. Thereafter, no refunds will be automatically given, because after this date food will be ordered and CSS will start incurring expenses on your behalf. If you withdraw from the retreat and are too late to receive an automatic refund, a refund of a portion of retreat fees may be given at the sole discretion of the CSS Board, provided a written request for refund is received within two months of the end of the retreat. Donations to the retreat scholarship fund are not part of retreat fees and can not be refunded.

Please note: Retreat fees are kept as low as possible while covering retreat expenses, and the teachings are given as a labor of love.  To help support practitioners for whom these retreat fees are a financial burden, please consider making a donation to the CSS Retreat Scholarship Fund. It would be greatly appreciated.

Warning: In recent retreats, there has been a degradation of air quality a few times in the meditation hall when outside temperatures get close to 70 degrees, which causes the chimney to downdraft. This has caused a problem for a number of people, but not everyone. We'll hope for cool temperatures at the end of October so that the downdraft is not an issue on this retreat.

A retreat information page includes details of the retreat location, retreat center rules, typical retreat schedule and menu, what to bring, and retreat guidelines. For more information, contact the retreat coordinator, Laura Betty, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Note: CSS practitioner retreats are by invitation only and are not open to the public. If you are interested in attending a CSS retreat, you can learn about joining CSS and becoming one of our member practitioners.

To register for this retreat,

  1. Open the retreat registration form at the link below.
  2. Read the instructions on the registration form, fill out the form, and click Submit. A confirmation email will be sent to you.
  3. Write a check, payable to Center for Sacred Sciences, for the amount you are paying now. Make a note on the check that you are paying for the retreat.
  4. Mail your check to CSS (or drop it off in the donation box). If you are making a partial payment, remember to pay your balance before the deadline.

Your registration will not be complete, and your space at this retreat will not be reserved, until we receive your payment.

To register now, click here to open the registration form.

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